Trump Lashes Out At Democrats, Congressional Rules As Health Care Fight Continues

President Donald Trump continues to face a steep learning curve in dealing with the Congress as his administration fights some in his own party to secure a big win on health care and begins suiting up for a fresh battle over tax reform.

For evidence of the president’s frustration with the legislative process, look no further than his Twitter account. On Tuesday morning, he called for a government shutdown if he does not get what he wants in negotiations for the 2018 federal budget and floated the idea of eliminating the filibuster in the Senate.

Hours later, Trump and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney publicly and passionately defended the 2017 spending compromise that he had complained about, insisting despite all appearances that the administration got what it wanted.

Some House Republicans are pinning their hopes on the Senate to improve the bill, strengthen the Medicaid coverage, and provide more money for high-risk pools. However, it is unclear whether the legislation can get through the upper chamber at all or what will actually change before they vote on it.

“They’re being asked to trust the legislative process at a time when the 2018 landscape is giving them heartburn,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.

If Republicans fail yet again to pass a health care bill, they may be better served by moving on and seeking a win on another issue, according to O’Connell.

“The best chance for Trump to deliver on a promise is tax reform,” he said.

Read more from Stephen Loiaconi at WJLA

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